Your organization would like to purchase a high-end document printer to use with Windows XP. Because of the costs involved, you need to be certain that the printer is compatible with Windows XP Professional. What’s the best way to confirm that the printer is compatible with Windows XP?
A) Consult with the printer manufacturer’s product information
B) Search for the printer in the Windows Hardware Compatibility List
C) Search the Internet to determine if anyone else is using the printer with Windows XP
D) There’s no practical way to test hardware compatibility
The answer: B) Search for the printer in the Windows Hardware Compatibility List
The Windows Hardware Compatibility List can save you a lot of time and trouble, because Microsoft has already done the testing to ensure that the products in the list will work properly with Windows. There are different compatibility lists for different Windows operating systems, so you should be able to check on different hardware components regardless of the OS you choose.
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